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Push the high-speed corridor NH-6

By our reporter

SHILLONG, May 10: The state government has directed the district authorities of West and East Jaintia Hills to constitute district committees for acquiring land for the high-speed corridor to be constructed on the entire stretch of National Highway 6 from Umiam to Malidor.
The government on Friday held a meeting with the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), which will implement the project to convert NH6 into a four-lane highway.
While the project extends from Umiam to Panchgram in Hailakandi district of Assam, the focus is on the 160 km stretch from Umiam to Malidor.
After the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said the government has directed the deputy commissioners of four districts through which the road will pass to form their respective committees by involving departments like Forest, PWD and Agriculture.
The committees have already been set up in East Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi districts.
Tynsong said the project is estimated to cost around Rs 22,000 crore.
Admitting that land acquisition will be a big challenge, he said the committees would be tasked to resolve any issues related to land.
The road project will include five packages. The survey and alignment of three of these have been completed.
There are also plans to build at least three tunnels in Meghalaya under the project, Tynsong said.
The project aims to ensure fast freight transportation and hassle-free travel experience for passengers traveling to and from Barak Valley, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.
This stretch of NH6 is prone to traffic jams and rain-induced landslides.